Dog Agility Competition

The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Regional Championships got off to a ruff start.

Hundreds of canines gathered at Player’s Indoor Sports to compete in a variety of activities, ranging from jumping to speed to versatility, before a panel of judges and supporters.

“They set a course that really makes dogs run, run, run,” said Renee White, who has one dog in the competition.

The event, hosted by Cream City Canines and Contact Sports Agility, attracted dogs large and small, from all walks of life.

“He was about to be put asleep, and he’s a Border Collie and Terrier mix, and my other one is an Australian Cattle Dog, she was found in the dessert in New Mexico. They’re both competing today,” said Samantha Melemed.

Over 100 dogs competed in Saturday’s competition, which is part of a regional qualifying series. Top dogs will head to the finals in California this October.

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